Tuesday 20 March 2018

Tommy Walsh returns to Kingdom line-up for Dublin clash while Rebels name strong side to face Mayo

Tommy Walsh
Tommy Walsh
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Just eight players that started in Kerry's All-Ireland Final defeat to Dublin will start in Saturday night's National League opener against the same opposition.

Brian Ó Beaglaoich of An Ghaeltacht, who won an All-Ireland Minor medal in 2014, makes his League debut at corner back while Philip O’Connor gets his first League start having been introduced as a sub in a number of League games last season.

Paul Murphy, Darran O’Sullivan and Barry John Keane, who all played as second-half substitutes in September's defeat to Jim Gavin's side will all feature from the start.

Tommy Walsh has been posted at full-forward as David Moran is paired with Johnny Buckley at midfield.

New Cork manager Peader Healy has named his team to face Mayo on Sunday and it contains only seven players from the side that limped out of the qualifiers against Kildare, a game that proved to be Brian Cuthbert's final game in charge.

Brothers Colm and Brian O'Driscoll are selected in defence, with Ian Maguire expected to add steel around the middle of the pitch.

Nemo Rangers' Luke Kennelly will joined club team-mate on the half forward line while Peter Kelleher gets his first National league start in the 14 jersey.

Kerry (SF v Dublin): B Kealy; B O Beaglaoich, M Griffin, S Enright; P Murphy, K Young, F Fitzgerald; D Moran, J Buckley; S O'Brien, D O'Sullivan, D Walsh; BJ Keane, T Walsh, P O'Connor.

Cork (SF v Mayo): K O'Halloran; C O'Driscoll, E Cadogan, J O'Sullivan; Tomas Clancy, B O'Driscoll, J Loughrey; I Maguire, M Collins; A O'Sullivan, P Kerrigan, L Connolly; D Goulding, P Kelleher, B Hurley.

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